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The Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC) is looking to build and operate a new rail yard in the Industrial Heartland, and is looking for public input on the project.
Located around six kilometres north of Fort Saskatchewan, the proposed Sturgeon Petrochemical Rail Yard would be used to support Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s $4-billion propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene facilities — a joint venture between the Calgary-based company and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company.
The rail yard is proposed to be made up of 42 yards, with about 25 kilometres total length of track. It will also include tracks for rail car loading and storage of both empty and full cars.
The project also includes the construction of a Pembina rail line that will connect the Kuwait rail yard to the existing Canadian National Railway line. The rail yard’s approximate 40 hectares will accommodate around 20 people.
The rail yard, expected to last 30 years, is being set up to accommodate storage of up to two weeks of production, with 20 to 30 rail cars expected to be loaded per day.
According to Pembina’s media relations, rail traffic is expected to decrease modestly because of the project since all of Alberta’s propane leaves the province by rail and truck.
“CKPC’s project would transition a portion of these pressure railcar volumes to grain-like hopper cars, as product would move in an inert pellet form rather than as a pressurized liquid,” the company said in an e-mail.
At the moment, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is looking for public feedback to whether or not there should be an environmental assessment on the project. If one is needed, the public will have an additional chance to comment.
All written comments must be received by Oct. 15. Construction is anticipated as early as 2019, although no more defined timeline was provided.
This article first appeared on www.sherwoodparknews.com
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